Nearly 70% of the Steel used in the US is recycled from scrap. Steel used in construction has a 90% recycling Rate. bir.org/publications/fact…
Intimidator 305, a steel roller coaster located in Doswell, Virginia had to be reconsructed because riders reported symptoms of greying or blacking out immediately following the first drop due to overwhelming G-forces, a 300 ft (91m) drop with an 85 degree maximum descent angle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Today I learned of the USS New York, a ship in the US Navy forged partially from steel that was salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in 9/11. The ship's motto is "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The name of "Germany" in the Navajo language means "Metal Cap-wearer Land", referencing the distinctive wartime steel helmets. In Plains Cree, it is "Among the Steel Helmets", and in Lakota, it is "Bad Speaker Land". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
2000 years ago the Haya people of Tanzania were making high grade medium carbon steel along the shores of Lake Victoria. Technology this sophisticated was not replicated in Europe until Siemen's inventions in the 19th century. The Haya stopped producing artisanal steel about 90 years ago. content.time.com/time/sub…
Steel shortages in WW1 is what led women to abandon the corset and transition into bras as we know them today. history.com/news/world-wa…
In 2001 a Chinese steel firm purchased an entire shuttered steel mill from Germany for its scrap price, disassembled it, shipped it back to China, and reassembled it. Production was resumed in less than two years. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
There is a clear ceramic made out of Aluminum that is stronger than bulletproof glass, and has a higher melting point than stainless steel. It is called ALON, and is used for armored windows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
The state of Nevada once sentenced a man to death by firing squad but was unable to find five men to form one. Instead, a specialized "shooting gallery of steel" was requisitioned and built to carry out the execution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
In 2004, a woman's steel chastity belt triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She continued her flight to London on the pilot's authority. abc.net.au/news/2004-02-0…
The highest natural point in Texas is Guadalupe Peak, at 8,751 feet. There's a stainless steel pyramid at the peak, depicting American Airlines and the US Postal Service and the Boy Scouts of America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Today I learned about chlorine triflouride, a better oxidiser than Oxygen. It can set fire to things that are normally not flammable such as concrete, glass, flesh, sand, steel, asbestos, and ash. It is also extremely corrosive and will corrode things like Gold, Iridium, and Platinum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chl…
The Mitsubishi company was founded in 1870 with shipping as its core business. Its diversification was mostly into related fields like shipbuilding, steel milling, and coal mining. It would later become a conglomerate and expanded into cars, finance, and real estate. Among other things en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
Today I learned of a steel cuirass, [body armor] that had 19 pistols mounted on it. Also learned of a pair of horse stirrups that had 2 pistols each. laststandonzombieisland.c…
Each year, 22,500 US cemeteries bury 30 million board feet of hardwood caskets, 90,272 tons of steel caskets, 14,000 tons of steel vaults, 2,700 tons of copper and bronze caskets, 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete vaults, and 827,060 US gallons of embalming (formaldehyde) fluid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Aluminum is so corrosion resistant because where iron and steel rust, Al combines with oxygen to form a material even harder than aluminum itself, called corundum. This is the second hardest naturally occurring material, next to diamond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
Viggo Mortensen would not have taken the part of Aragorn in LOTR had it not been for his 11 year old son's enthusiasm for the books. He performed his own stunts insisting he used a real steel sword and he also purchased the two horses, whom he rode and bonded with over the duration of the films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vig…
Ancient Romans used human and animal urine as a mouthwash and to whiten their teeth. Urine contains ammonia (compound of nitrogen & hydrogen) which can act as a cleansing agent. Today ammonia is mainly used for cleaning glass, porcelain, stainless steel, & removing baked off grime from the oven. edmontonjournal.com/welln…
Today I learned about the fascinating research being done in biotechnology in the use of spider silk. 5 times stronger than steel and ultra light the possibilities in uses are vast. There exists a spider goat born by gene splicing in labs that has spider genes and can produce silk in its milk. singularityhub.com/2019/0…
Today I learned of the Kanamara Matsuri, The Festival of the Steel Phallus, where the Japanese celebrate the penis. The event happens around the local penis-venerating shrine, and the penis is celebrated by illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a mikoshi parade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Modern examination of classic Damascus steel revealed the presence of carbon nanotubes, the likely source of the material’s mythical reputation for strength. nature.com/articles/44428…
The world record recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest golf drive in a competition is 516 yards (472 m) by 64-year-old Mike Austin in 1974 at the US Senior National Open Qualifier with a 43.5" steel shafted persimmon wood driver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned about an "Engineers ring" - a ring of stainless steel or iron worn on the pinky to represent being a certified engineer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
The best-selling living author, Danielle Steel, has received "a resounding lack of critical acclaim" for her 179 books. In her romance novels, she draws from her experiences of having been married 5 times to financiers, ex-convicts, and a vintner, and having 9 children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned about the β€˜super gun affair’ in which a UK steel manufacturer, Sheffield Forgemasters, were unknowingly sending β€˜tubes’ to Iraq that were going to be used to create a β€˜super gun’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
In 1978, The House Select Committee on Assassinations reported John F. Kennedy's brain is missing. During the autopsy, his brain was removed and placed in a stainless steel box given to the Secret Service. The box was moved to the National Archives building in 1965. As of 1966, it was gone. theguardian.com/world/sho…
According to Young's Modulus, steel is more elastic than rubber, since for a given amount of stress, the strain produced in the steel is comparatively smaller than the strain produced in the rubber. britannica.com/science/Yo…
The White House was completely gutted and reinforced with steel beams in 1949-50. It was only standing, in the words of the Public Buildings Administration commissioner, β€œby force of habit.” mashable.com/2016/01/06/w…
β€œGadget” spent the night prior to the Trinity test atop a steel tower during a lighting storm. Had a lightning strike occurred, it could have prematurely detonated the world’s first atomic weapon. thebulletin.org/2020/07/i…
Henry Bessemer, the engineer largely credited with the invention of modern steel, also invented or contributed to embossed postage stamps, long sheets of plate glass, military weapons, and a method for extracting sugar from sugar cane. He eventually earned nearly 130 patents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Columbia Pictures were doubtful that Kevin Bacon was attractive enough to play the lead role in Footloose (1984). Then-studio-head Dawn Steel went around the lot flashing a photo of Bacon asking, "is he fuckable?" independent.co.uk/arts-en…
John Fisher began his career within the royal navy in 1854 at the age of 13, serving on HMS Calcutta, a wooden hulled ship of the line. He retired in 1915, when Steel hulled dreadnoughts and seaplane carriers were in service, having achieved the possition of First Sea Lord. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The slide guitar of the Blues and Country & Western's lap steel are both offshoots of a technique pioneered in Hawaii in the late 1800s. Hawaiian music was internationally popular by the early 1900s, greatly influencing the birth of both American genres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Jorden van Foreest is the first Dutch grandmaster to win TATA Steel Chess Tournament since 1985 after defeating another Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri (runner-up). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
Korean chopsticks aremainly metal as during the Baekje(18BC-660AD)Period the royal family used silver chopsticks to detect poison in their food since silver changes color when it comes in contact w/ poisonous chemical.It is believed that commoners took after the king and adopted steel chopsticks. foodbeast.com/news/why-ko…
Swinging within Taiwanese skyscraper Taipei 101 is the world's largest tuned mass damper, a 660-ton steel pendulum that counteracts the tremendous forces of tropical winds on the building en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
Today I learned about Damascus Steel Swords a type of steel scientists don’t know how to exactly replicate due to the technique being lost to time. They were said to be tough, resistant to shattering, contain a resilient edge and even have nano tubes. They are characterised by a flowing water/teardrop pattern. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
Stephanie Kwolek the inventor of Kevlar was working on finding a new, lightweight substitute for steel belting in automobile tires, on fears of a looming oil shortage and in anticipation of a market for lighter tires. What resulted was a new fiber five times stronger than steel by weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Magnetic compasses on steel ships need the magnetic field to be β€œtuned” so the ship’s own magnetic field doesn’t affect the compass too much. marineinsight.com/marine-…
The steel bar that hangs from the backs of semi-trailers is often referred to as a β€œMansfield bar” because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made it mandatory for all semi-trucks to be fitted with them after the gruesome death of actress Jayne Mansfield. dailytelegraph.com.au/new…
US pennies were made of steel in 1943 due to a copper shortage during world war 2. wikipedia.org/wiki/1943_s…
Stainless steel removes the smell of garlic from your fingers. huffpost.com/entry/elimin…
Today I learned about Munroe effect observed when after the explosion the manufacturer’s name (which was pressed into the explosive) had been transferred to the nearby metal plate. Later knowns as Munroe effect, it has led to the discovery of the shaped charges which are capable of penetrating 80cm thick steel wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaped…
The man believed to be the richest drug lord of all time died while getting plastic surgery to alter his appearance. The two surgeons that performed the procedure were later found dead, encased in concrete inside steel drums, with their bodies showing signs of torture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Fred in Groundhog Day is Michael Shannon's first major role. He went on to play many roles, including General Zod in Man of Steel youtube.com/watch?v=quykR…
Wood can now be made stronger than steel and nearly as bulletproof as Kevlar (but at only 5% of the cost)! getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The Steel Drum was created in Trinidad and Tobago after the British banned African percussion music and traditional stick-fighting after the Canboulay Riots in 1890. Steel Drums later emerged made from frying pans, dustbin lids, and, of course, oil drums due to the country's oil resources. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve stainless steel in 4-5 days. dailyinteresting.com/stom…
Cleanup workers at Fukushima have to build a new steel water tank at the rate of one every four days to contain the water used to cool the destroyed reactors, and space to build more is becoming scarce. bellona.org/news/nuclear-…
White Castle became popular because of public reaction to Upton Sinclair’s β€œThe Jungle”. To make sure that customers thought their food was clean, the buildings were painted completely white, the interiors were made of stainless steel, and the employees all wore spotless uniforms thedailymeal.com/eat/9-th…

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